Murtough stated the recruitment of Ten Hag from Ajax was crucial improvement of the 2021/22 season. “After a radical search and due diligence course of, it was clear to us that Erik was the strongest candidate, based mostly on his excellent teaching file, his dedication to the proactive, attacking soccer we need to play, and the imaginative and prescient and ambition he confirmed for the function.
“There is still a long way to go, but we have already seen, during his first four months in charge, an increased unity, focus and drive that bodes well for the future.”
Murtough highlighted the “significant investment” made within the males’s first-team squad over the summer season with the everlasting addition of Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen, Casemiro, and Antony, in addition to goalkeeper Martin Dubravka on mortgage.
He stated the signings mirrored the “balance of experienced, international players and younger, emerging talent” that the membership was aiming for, coupled with “a higher-than-usual number of departures”, which Murtough stated was “an equally important part of refreshing the squad after the disappointing 2021/22 season”.
“We will continue to support Erik in ensuring he has players with the right quality and characters to achieve success, while ensuring that investment remains consistent with our commitment to financial sustainability,” Murtough stated, noting that the membership was “ahead of schedule in our recruitment plans” following the arrival of 5 common first-team starters. This meant there was unlikely to be the identical degree of exercise in future switch home windows that we noticed in the summertime.
Murtough stated planning was already beneath method for the subsequent steps in creating Ten Hag’s squad, with a deal with subsequent summer season’s switch window.
“We are also pleased with the seven additions made to our women’s squad and look forward to seeing the team continue to develop under Marc Skinner after last season’s solid fourth-place finish in the Women’s Super League,” Murtough added.
“Another excessive level this yr was our Under-18s males’s Academy crew profitable the FA Youth Cup for a file eleventh time in May in entrance of over 67,000 followers at Old Trafford – by far the very best attendance ever recorded within the competitors.
“And there was also success for our women’s Under-21s, who achieved a fantastic league and cup double at WSL Academy level. Nurturing of youth will always remain a cornerstone of this club and we are as excited as ever about the talent we have coming through in both our men’s and women’s Academies.”
Murtough acknowledged that “there is still a great deal of hard work ahead” to get the membership to the degrees anticipated of Manchester United, however he expressed confidence that “the right people and processes are being put in place to support all our teams in their pursuit of success”.